Rig Report

Johnny Marr @ the 930 Club

Tone Report's Phillip Dodge checks out Johnny Marr's live set up during a show in which he finally gets to hear Marr play "How Soon Is Now?"...

  • By Phillip Dodge @tonereport
  • January 14, 2014
  • 190 Comments
Comments

190

I caught Johnny Marr at the 9:30 Club in DC last night. It was amazing. Never in my life did I expect to see Marr playing "How Soon is Now?" six feet from my face. I thought that ship had sailed.

I grew up listening to the Smiths and he is one of my favorite guitarists. I didn't start listening to the Smiths until shortly after they broke up. I saw him play with Modest Mouse, but I never expected to see him in a small club. 

Along with playing the majority of his new album (The Messenger), Marr played some Smiths songs, and "I Fought the Law" (either a Crickets or Clash cover depending on your point of view). He also played "Getting Away With It" and "Forbidden City" from his Electronic days. While I'm loving the new album, the highlights for me were the Smiths songs.

I went into the show knowing that he was playing Smiths songs and I was cautiously optimistic. Sure, I'd get to see him playing the songs. But would it be weird to not have Morrissey singing them? I shouldn't have had reservations. Johnny nailed the vocal parts. And to see how he and the second guitarist divided the parts was amazing. I always new that the guitar parts on the album seemed impossible to play. And now I realize why. It's usually two or more guitars playing intertwined parts that sound like one guitar.

The highlights for me were "How Soon is Now?" (not listed on the setlist), "London," and "Upstarts."

He played a white Fender Jag for the majority of the night. Switching to a red one for "The Messenger." They may have been the signature model, but neither had his signature on the headstock. For pedals, he had a Diamond Comp and then a lowly Boss GT-100 multi-effect. The cleans and chorus tones sounded outstanding and the gritty parts were pretty good. The only time the tone was harsh was when he went really high gain for London. For amps, he had a Deluxe Reverb and a Super Reverb. Only the Deluxe was mic'd.

And the craziest thing of all-- he was using a TC Helicon vocal processor. And it sounded great. He was definitely using it for harmonies (and it sounded great on Neil Tenants part from "Getting Away With It"). And he may have been using it for verbs and echoes.

My other big take away from the show is just how much he uses a capo. Look at this setlist - all but five songs use capo:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

100 Comments

  1. JF

    Great review. I had the chance to see Mr. Marr in NYC in November of 2013 at the Webster Theater. It was a transcendental show. The guy knows how to rock.

  2. station2station

    His capo is one of the coolest parts of his rig.  He uses a G7th brand - it’s so good and high quality I bought one.  G7th.com.  Capo’s are usually $10-20.  This one is nearly $50.

  3. DJGyllburt

    I saw him a few weeks ago in Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall, and I think it was the show of the year.  Lots of Smiths songs, lots of material from both his solo albums, and I think he even threw in a Replacements cover into the set.  But the one part of the show that took the cake was when Kevin Drew from Broken Social Scene came out to sing “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”, then for the last song of the night, which he dedicated to “everyone in the building and nobody f***in’ else!” was There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, and he nailed the vocal, and after the last chorus, backed off the mic for the audience to sing their hearts out, with Johnny throwing in some tasty fills between phrases.
    Gear-wise, he was playing his Signature Jags (I think you can get one at Guitar Centre for around $1800…I’m told it’s a very nice guitar after a setup) and he had the GT100, Diamond Comp, Latching AB switch, and the TC Heilon vocal processor and a Radial mic splitter to send dry and wet vocals to FOH.  Amps on stage I believe were 4 Twin Reverbs, with mics on the top amp of each stack panned in stereo (makes sense for the auto-pan treatment on How Soon Is Now).
    Amazing show, and I’ll definitely be back when he comes through with the next solo album, which he’s apparently working on writing for while on the road.
    Also, he had to cancel the west coast portion of his Playland tour in North America because someone in his family is seriously ill.  Thoughts and prayers go out to Johnny and his family as I know what it’s like to cancel a bunch of gigs to be with your family in their time of need, but gigs come and go, family always trumps even the greatest gig of your career.  Happy holidays everyone.

  4. Vince

    The Crickets?

    Okay, yeah, Sonny Curtis wrote the song. But nobody ever listened to anything the Crickets recorded after Buddy’s death - except for Bobby Fuller, apparently.

    Depending on your point of view, “I Fought the Law” is either a Clash cover, or a BOBBY FULLER FOUR cover. From the Clash’s POV it was a Bobby Fuller Four cover. Their version was the ‘66 hit, the post-Buddy Crickets version (1960, I think?) never sniffed the charts. Hell, I’ve never heard it (though I have seen Mr. Curtis’ name on record labels as the songwriter).

  5. Tony

    “lowly BOSS GT-100”?

    Bias much?  Here’s a guy making WAAAAY more money than you playing his music, who could play thru pretty much anything he wants, and he CHOOSES to use the GT-100… why?  Because it sounds good.  And since it’s made by BOSS, it will hold up to the rigors of the road, unlike many small-batch boo-teek pedals that cannot be easily replaced for the show taking place in 3 hours…

    If it sounds good it IS good.  Period.

  6. Georgehic

    У нас вы можете заказать <a >Мезотерапию</a>

  7. gswaledu

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com buy generic viagra female viagra  <a >liquid viagra</a>

  8. mhhys]k

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com www viagra com www viagra com  <a >www viagra com</a>

  9. vjige]g

    http://buyviagracialis.online how long does viagra last how long does viagra last  <a >how long does viagra last</a>

  10. xalip

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing format essay writing format  <a >essay writing format</a>

  11. eaqyx]g

    http://essaywritingus.info college essay topics college essay topics  <a >college essay topics</a>

  12. ecwcp]x

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com viagra triangle viagra triangle  <a >viagra triangle</a>

  13. rqzdd]e

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com otc viagra otc viagra  <a >otc viagra</a>

  14. gwxmr

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com i need help writing an essay i need help writing an essay  <a >i need help writing an essay</a>

  15. mykft]u

    http://essaywritingus.info synthesis essay synthesis essay  <a >synthesis essay</a>

  16. fktgv]k

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy viagra online reviews buy viagra online reviews  <a >buy viagra online reviews</a>

  17. tqbys]c

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra viagra  <a >viagra</a>

  18. vyvtp

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing service reviews essay writing service reviews  <a >essay writing service reviews</a>

  19. deici]e

    http://essaywritingus.info essay topics essay topics  <a >essay topics</a>

  20. ifwpk]h

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com viagra coupon viagra coupon  <a >viagra coupon</a>

  21. qmyrl]d

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com buy viagra cheap buy viagra cheap  <a >buy viagra cheap</a>

  22. vvvfr

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com writing an essay format writing an essay format  <a >writing an essay format</a>

  23. jkqai]x

    http://essaywritingus.info expository essay expository essay  <a >expository essay</a>

  24. gtixi]v

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy viagra online buy viagra online  <a >buy viagra online</a>

  25. vadqo]h

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com viagra definition viagra definition  <a >viagra definition</a>

  26. pymgi

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com how to write a college essay how to write a college essay  <a >how to write a college essay</a>

  27. xypdh]q

    http://essaywritingus.info write my essay write my essay  <a >write my essay</a>

  28. hxiod]c

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy viagra with paypal buy viagra with paypal  <a >buy viagra with paypal</a>

  29. sruei]z

    http://buyviagracialis.online female viagra female viagra  <a >female viagra</a>

  30. byght

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing for dummies essay writing for dummies  <a >essay writing for dummies</a>

  31. fqsqq]y

    http://essaywritingus.info a essay format a essay format  <a >a essay format</a>

  32. pidqh]g

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com how to get viagra how to get viagra  <a >how to get viagra</a>

  33. yixom]m

    http://buyviagracialis.online how to buy viagra online how to buy viagra online  <a >how to buy viagra online</a>

  34. qbsgn

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com writing an opinion essay writing an opinion essay  <a >writing an opinion essay</a>

  35. wlztr]p

    http://buyviagracialis.online how much does viagra cost how much does viagra cost  <a >how much does viagra cost</a>

  36. sgruw]n

    http://essaywritingus.info compare and contrast essay compare and contrast essay  <a >compare and contrast essay</a>

  37. slrml

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing scholarships essay writing scholarships  <a >essay writing scholarships</a>

  38. ahdge]f

    http://buyviagracialis.online over the counter viagra over the counter viagra  <a >over the counter viagra</a>

  39. ggnoz

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com common app essay common app essay  <a >common app essay</a>

  40. eyvqj]w

    http://essaywritingus.info argumentative essay topics argumentative essay topics  <a >argumentative essay topics</a>

  41. pvbco]k

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com buy viagra online buy viagra online  <a >buy viagra online</a>

  42. qqdtk]n

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com is there a generic viagra is there a generic viagra  <a >is there a generic viagra</a>

  43. ahnep

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing service essay writing service  <a >essay writing service</a>

  44. rxfus]p

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com how long does it take for viagra to work how long does it take for viagra to work  <a >how long does it take for viagra to work</a>

  45. ltlaj]i

    http://buyviagracialis.online how much is viagra how much is viagra  <a >how much is viagra</a>

  46. hydmk]j

    http://essaywritingus.info cause and effect essay cause and effect essay  <a >cause and effect essay</a>

  47. ggrti

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com what is an essay what is an essay  <a >what is an essay</a>

  48. hnjnp]o

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra commercial viagra commercial  <a >viagra commercial</a>

  49. bgkcg]z

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy real viagra buy real viagra  <a >buy real viagra</a>

  50. jsnjn

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing prompts essay writing prompts  <a >essay writing prompts</a>

  51. ijeid]m

    http://essaywritingus.info how write an essay how write an essay  <a >how write an essay</a>

  52. ubcmu]c

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra from canada viagra from canada  <a >viagra from canada</a>

  53. szedb]h

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com free viagra free viagra  <a >free viagra</a>

  54. axmwv

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay writing music essay writing music  <a >essay writing music</a>

  55. wqjwy]y

    http://essaywritingus.info compare and contrast essay topics compare and contrast essay topics  <a >compare and contrast essay topics</a>

  56. dloho]g

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com female viagra female viagra  <a >female viagra</a>

  57. lvikl]b

    http://buyviagracialis.online cheap viagra cheap viagra  <a >cheap viagra</a>

  58. pzkvk

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com spongebob writing essay spongebob writing essay  <a >spongebob writing essay</a>

  59. pwfss]y

    http://essaywritingus.info narrative essay example narrative essay example  <a >narrative essay example</a>

  60. qvgpy]a

    http://buyviagracialis.online best place to buy generic viagra online best place to buy generic viagra online  <a >best place to buy generic viagra online</a>

  61. ahher]u

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com best place to buy generic viagra online best place to buy generic viagra online  <a >best place to buy generic viagra online</a>

  62. mcxgn

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com persuasive essay persuasive essay  <a >persuasive essay</a>

  63. ekzic]v

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy sale viagra buy sale viagra  <a >buy sale viagra</a>

  64. vtiwk]b

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy generic viagra buy generic viagra  <a >buy generic viagra</a>

  65. xxvsr

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com teaching essay writing teaching essay writing  <a >teaching essay writing</a>

  66. jkiid]u

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra melanoma viagra melanoma  <a >viagra melanoma</a>

  67. jiatl]k

    http://essaywritingus.info persuasive essay examples persuasive essay examples  <a >persuasive essay examples</a>

  68. bllka]o

    http://buyviagracialis.online what happens if a woman takes viagra what happens if a woman takes viagra  <a >what happens if a woman takes viagra</a>

  69. yoznw

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com cheap essay writing service cheap essay writing service  <a >cheap essay writing service</a>

  70. drkje]y

    http://buyviagracialis.online how to get viagra how to get viagra  <a >how to get viagra</a>

  71. myrbc]q

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com liquid viagra liquid viagra  <a >liquid viagra</a>

  72. hldlz

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com steps to writing an essay steps to writing an essay  <a >steps to writing an essay</a>

  73. zcvyi]s

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com does generic viagra work does generic viagra work  <a >does generic viagra work</a>

  74. intgk]o

    http://buyviagracialis.online buy viagra online canada buy viagra online canada  <a >buy viagra online canada</a>

  75. twvsj]u

    http://essaywritingus.info essay writing essay writing  <a >essay writing</a>

  76. honow

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com personal essay personal essay  <a >personal essay</a>

  77. brxqe]q

    http://essaywritingus.info cause and effect essay topics cause and effect essay topics  <a >cause and effect essay topics</a>

  78. jztzj]w

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra before and after viagra before and after  <a >viagra before and after</a>

  79. hfysn]h

    http://essaywritingus.info argumentative essay examples argumentative essay examples  <a >argumentative essay examples</a>

  80. vpdnm

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com narrative essay narrative essay  <a >narrative essay</a>

  81. gzdln]e

    http://buyviagracialis.online side effects of viagra side effects of viagra  <a >side effects of viagra</a>

  82. ldqii]a

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com how long does viagra take to work how long does viagra take to work  <a >how long does viagra take to work</a>

  83. pvrlc]j

    http://essaywritingus.info how to write an argumentative essay how to write an argumentative essay  <a >how to write an argumentative essay</a>

  84. yinmb

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay about writing essay about writing  <a >essay about writing</a>

  85. ddlna]z

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com viagra patent expiration viagra patent expiration  <a >viagra patent expiration</a>

  86. gnteh]r

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com where can i buy viagra where can i buy viagra  <a >where can i buy viagra</a>

  87. uqrel

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com writing an essay outline writing an essay outline  <a >writing an essay outline</a>

  88. uewki]d

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com viagra coupons viagra coupons  <a >viagra coupons</a>

  89. cwysq]k

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com cost of viagra cost of viagra  <a >cost of viagra</a>

  90. uzqqo]g

    http://buyviagracialis.online does viagra make you last longer does viagra make you last longer  <a >does viagra make you last longer</a>

  91. kdzhv

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com essay help essay help  <a >essay help</a>

  92. mnwjp]u

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra cost viagra cost  <a >viagra cost</a>

  93. skafee

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com generic viagra generic viagra  <a >generic viagra</a>

  94. zzekjw

    http://canadlan-pharmacy.com how to buy viagra online how to buy viagra online  <a >how to buy viagra online</a>

  95. vsghsr

    http://buyviagracialis.online viagra for womens where to buy viagra for womens where to buy  <a >viagra for womens where to buy</a>

  96. odmbt

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com writing an essay writing an essay  <a >writing an essay</a>

  97. gwmwke

    http://essaywritingus.info college essay college essay  <a >college essay</a>

  98. mdhntk

    http://buyviagracialis.online cialis vs viagra cialis vs viagra  <a >cialis vs viagra</a>

  99. wbwpu

    http://essaywritingserviceus.com help with essay writing help with essay writing  <a >help with essay writing</a>

  100. xmwdyr

    http://essaywritingus.info argumentative essay outline argumentative essay outline  <a >argumentative essay outline</a>